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Featured Profile: Kristofer Hagglund


Kristofer Hagglund

Dean Kristofer Hagglund helps individuals and organizations navigate higher education and health care.

Hagglund began his career at the University of Missouri in 1990 as a faculty member in health psychology. In 2000, a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship helped shape Hagglund’s vision for what a land-grant university could do for its state and the nation. He focused his work on how policies and institutions can benefit communities of people. He helped establish MU’s Center for Health Policy and he developed the popular course “Health Care in the U.S.” Hagglund later led the development of the Master of Public Health program at MU and served as its inaugural director until 2013, when he was named Dean of the School of Health Professions (SHP).

From 2001 to 2013, Hagglund was associate dean of health professions and led a team of faculty and staff in creating the popular Bachelor of Health Science in Health Science degree. The program’s rapid growth brought about the formation of the Department of Health Science, followed by degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis and Public Health.

With Hagglund at the helm, SHP researchers continue to enjoy dramatic increases in grants and publications. The school’s core value of service – both in patient care and outreach – helps improve the well-being of people in the community and also builds community around the entire SHP family.

Dr. Kristofer Hagglund is Professor and Dean of the School of Health Professions.

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine